Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 14

Pretty Little Liars Review: Power Play (Season 7 Episode 14)

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I have to admit I am little disappointed in the tease for Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 14 “Power Play.” After dangling the reveal of Jessica’s killer in the air like a carrot, the result is lackluster and overshadowed by the plotlines surrounding it.

That doesn’t make this a bad episode, but it does feel like we were led on because it’s almost cliché that Mary killed Jessica, and since we don’t see any flashback to the murder, we can’t prove the yarns being spun are true. Right now it’s textbook he said, she said.

Peter Hastings believes that the last time he saw Mary, after Spencer got out of rehab, she was seeking revenge, but every time a character on this show runs on an assumption, it is immediately shot down two episodes later when they actually start talking.

We can’t dispute that Mary was in Radley Sanitarium, but she also said that she would never hurt Spencer during Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 10 “The DArkest Knight.”

The fact is that Peter Hastings can warn Spencer all he wants, but the only way Spencer is going to reconcile her feelings about Mary being her birth mother, is if Mary comes out of hiding, which I hope happens soon.

The good thing about Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 14 “Power Play” is that we are starting to see connections, and it is started to feel like the show is coming full circle. Mary, Paster Ted, Charlotte, and Lucas are deftly drawn together this week, and although the relationships aren’t explored, it’s enough to whet my appetite.

Drawing Pastor Ted back into the story is a great way to close an open loop.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Power Play” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
ASHLEY BENSON, EDWARD KERR

Normally, relationships that end on television don’t bother me because it’s part of life: relationships end, people move on. However, in Rosewood, everyone seems to be connected, either as a hookup or by blood, so someone falling off the map is odd, and Ted fell away so quietly I didn’t even realize it happened.

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This conversation between Hanna and Ted also makes me realize that Lucas is looking like a really great candidate for A.D! Not only does he have the smarts to build the game, but his connection to Charlotte gives him motive.

What is even more shocking is the revelation regarding Allison’s pregnancy. The game sends Allison to a baby store and asks her to create a registry. It seems harmless enough, except that Allison just decided to terminate her pregnancy, so the environment ruffles her feathers a bit.

During the season 7B premiere, Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 11 “PlAytime,” I applauded when Emily told Ali that she had to decide what she wanted before pursing her. I argued that Ali needs to find out who she is before she can be part of a relationship, and Alison’s decision to terminate her pregnancy is a step in the right direction, and her reasoning is clear.

Ali’s choices in the last few seasons have been clouded by duty to Charlotte, and it seems like the last five years of her life were all about Charlotte and the sister she never knew about. Seeing her make a decision for herself, because it’s what she wants, and watching her evaluate her emotions shows some growth on Ali’s part.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Power Play” –  (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SASHA PIETERSE

The decision gets more complicated, when she finds out that “her baby” is really Emily’s baby, so now not only is she dealing with a baby that she thought was the product of a relationship with a man that she didn’t really know, but she’s now been violated by a medical procedure she didn’t consent to.

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Still, this new revelation changes things, and Sasha plays the anxiety, shock, and perhaps a little devastation really well, and the camera directions and angles all serve to add to the tone.

But we can’t let this episode pass without discussing Aria.

Aria is actively avoiding her turn, and A.D.’s reaction, to send Sydney Driscoll to ask her to be part of the “winning team” seems suspicious at best.

I’ve long held the belief that Aria seems to get a lot of leeway when it comes to A and A.D.’s games. A large portion of her secrets have to do with her relationship with Ezra, and that seems to be enough to keep her in line, but when you compare it to the other girls, it feels like Aria is playing for smaller stakes.

Even now, she’s refusing to play the game because she’s afraid losing Ezra to Nicole.

There are times where I can’t decide is Aria is devoted or just plain stupid. I keep wanting to scream: “Aria, you let Ezra go when you went to college. He made some decisions that he has to heal from. Now, Nicole is alive, and trying to mark your territory isn’t going to help bring this process to a conclusion that will make you happy!”

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Power Play” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SASHA PIETERSE, NICHOLAS GONZALEZ

Remarkably, the only person that seems to understand Nicole’s mindset is Alison, who flat-out tells Aria that Nicole’s free will was taken away in the jungle for two years. It’s not unlike Alison’s commitment to Welby, and yes I know Alison walked in voluntarily, but the actions her husband took to have her declared insane is just as much a violation.

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Honestly, I’m hoping Ali and Nicole bond over being captives in their own way in the next few episodes because I think they both need someone to talk to outside of the Liars inner circle!

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Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Lauren Busser is a senior writer at Tell-Tale TV. Her work has also appeared on Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. She has also been a dog sitter, worked front end at a bakery, and helped out in a kindergarten classroom. She learned to knit when she was five-years-old and thus, can now complete sweaters at a superhuman speed. She’s currently nursing a novel she’s been making slow progress on for the last six years.

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